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New York City Foodie looking for Must-Try's in Seattle!

So this is my first trip to Seattle, and I want to ensure in my three days I try a couple of culinary musts. They don't need to be exorbitantly expensive -- just really good. Thanks in advance for all recs!

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  1. Having lived back in NY for 20 years, I would recommend Seafood, Thai, and cupcakes. Seattle Chinese is very different than East coast Chinese. Pizza is above average, but you'll have better back east. There are some good burger places. Stay away from Mexican, it’s probably just as bad in NY. Stay away from BBQ.

    1. Check out Tamarind Tree and/or Green Leaf--both Vietnamese.

      1. I lived in NYC prior to Seattle, and I have been blown away by the selection of vietnamese pho found here, Sort of like Pizza is to NY. Seek it out. Also, the vietnamese sandwiches are quite good.. and cheap.

        Yes, it is cliche, but Salumi is an experience worth the visit, Be prepared for long lines.

        Taqueria Guaymas offers a passable Tacos al Pastor... at least better then I could find in NY.

        What I would do to have soup dumplings from Joe's Shanghai again... pass on Chinese unless you go for Dim Sum.

        1. I'd try the chinese restaurants with fresh seafood ..especially west coast seafood .. off the top of my head .. sea garden (but I'm sure there are others) a freah dungeness crab in balck bean or ginger sauce is not reproducable in NYC... I'll also recommend, carta de oaxaca in Ballard (a great lunch spot!) and also senor moose (also in Ballard) which has Mexican breakfasts by region. I'd pop into Licorous and have a cocktail with it's matching knosh ... and maybe have dinner at Lark next door or if you are up for the wait try Sitka & Spruce.... also be sure to swing by the liquor store and pick up the doug fir liqueur made down in Oregon.

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          1. Honestly....you'd probably be most satisfied by the fresh Dungeness Crab from our local waters. Waterfront Seafood Grill is having a Dungeness Crab 'theme' on their menu for March....it's a beautiful place with very good seafood, an excellent Happy Hour, too, and the view can't be beat...go at sunset and get a 'dose' of the beautiful & colorful Puget Sound view at that time of day. I wouldn't recommend Salumi to a New Yorker...the Italian Salumerias in NY are better than ANYTHING you'd find out here....don't get me wrong, I appreciate what Armando does for Italian- food- starved-Seattle at Salumi, but........